Dr. Don Slack spearheaded the initiative for a partnership between the UA and Universidad Autónoma Chapingo that includes a new dual degree program between ABE and Chapingo. ABE has always had a very strong relationship with Chapingo and we are excited for this relationship to continue to grow with this partnership.
The University of Arizona is entering a new chapter in its relations with Mexico, broadening a partnership with Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, a federally-funded university system focused on agriculture. On April 4, 2018, dignitaries from Chapingo and the UA expanded a formal agreement between the two universities, establishing two doctoral-level dual degree programs, one through the School of Natural Resources and the Environment and the other through the department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. The Rector of Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Dr. J. Sergio Barrales Domínguez, was present at the signing ceremony in Tucson, as well as Shane Burgess, UA Vice President for Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences and Cooperative Extension, and Larry Head, Acting Dean of the College of Engineering. The dual degrees are designed to attract elite graduate students from Mexico to the UA, giving them the opportunity to earn two credentials in roughly the same time it would take to complete one.